Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

yield - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb yield pronunciation in British English /jiːld/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleyielding
past tenseyielded
past participleyielded
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [transitive] to produce something useful such as information or evidence
    Knowing about our past does not automatically yield solutions to our current problems.
    yield results/benefits: The search for truth is beginning to yield fruitful results.
    1. a.
      to make a profit
      The combined investment is expected to yield £5,000 in the first year.
      yield a profit/return: This figure could yield a return high enough to provide a healthy pension.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to finally agree to do what someone else wants you to do
    yield to: The sport should not yield to every demand that the television companies make.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stop controlling yourself and finally do something that you were trying not to do
      yield to: He paused a moment before yielding to angry resentment.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to give something to someone else
      The following year, control of the industry was yielded to the government.
  3. 4
    [intransitive] formal if something yields when you push or pull it, it moves or bends
    We struggled with the lid, but it wouldn’t yield.

phrasal verbs


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


a stupid person

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog